International Psychoanalytical Association
Lexicon, Unit B, Book House, 261a City Road London EC1V 1AH 
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Call: +44 20 8446 8324
Fax:+44 20 7681 3742

IPA Officers

Our three Officers are also members of the IPA Executive Committee on the Board of Representatives.

Virginia Ungar 


Sergio Nick

Vice President

Andrew Brook


Laura Botherway

Secretary to the President


Our staff are based in the heart of London where members are welcome to visit and enjoy member facilities. For any queries, please contact the relevant staff member.

Paul Crake

Executive Director

Responsible for providing support and advice to the Board and Executive Committee on all issues to do with the governance of the IPA.

Nic Allen

Deputy Executive Director

Chris Welch

Head of Finance

Responsible for all aspects of finance and the information technology systems in the Central Office.

Fola Aladelusi

Interim Management Accountant

Supports the Head of Finance.


Charles Jegar

Interim Project Manager 

Manages the electronic database of Members, the Congress database of proposals, Congress registration data management and technical aspects of the IPA website.

Francesca Battisti-Davies

Membership Officer

Provides support to membership activities and regular maintenance of the database as well as general office administration.

Rhoda Bawdekar

Publishing Manager

Responsible for content and design management of the IPA website. She also works closely with the Publications Committee, co-ordinating the production of IPA Publications.

Karina Gutierrez

Events Manager

Responsible for providing support to Members and the relevant committees in the development of the IPA’s events including our biennial congresses and events-related activities.

Steve Thierman

Board Secretary

Responsible for the management of all Board and Executive Committee meetings, for the management of the IPA’s elections, and for providing support, as needed, to other IPA Committees.

Joanne Beavis

Head of International New Groups

Responsible for providing support to the ING Committee, and advising Members on IPA Policy regarding ING issues.

Katherine Florez-Serna

International New Groups Assistant 

Providing support to the ING Committee and the ING Manager.

Matthew Grimley

Communications Manager


Sebastián Montes

International New Groups Assistant

Ana Paiva

Membership Services Secretary

Sima Patel

Accounts Assistant




Website Editorial Board

For a full list of collaborators, including translators and society referents click here. The Website Editorial Board have editorial control over content on the IPA website. If you are an IPA member, medical practitioner or member of the public and you have any queries, suggestions, wish to raise an issue or offer a contribution then please contact the Publishing Manager, Rhoda Bawdekar.

Romolo Petrini

Chair, Website Editorial Board
Italian Psychoanalytical Society, (Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, SPI - Italia)

Anna Louisa Christopoulos

Responsible for Members’ Publications, comments, reviews and “Debate with the Author”

Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society, (Ελληνική Ψυχαναλυτική Εταιρεία, Ελλας) 

Robin A. Deutsch

Responsible for Debates on Theoretical Psychoanalytical issues 

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, SFCP, USA

Maria Cristina Vasconcellos

Responsible for Debates on Theoretical Psychoanalytical issues 

Responsible for providing support to the ING Committee, and advising Members on IPA Policy regarding ING issues


Angela Mauss-Hanke

Responsible for Social Issues

German Psychoanalytical Association, (Deutsche Psychoanalytische Vereinigung, DPV - Deutschland )

Valeria Nader

IPSO Representative

Rosario Psychoanalytic Association, (Asociación Psicoanalítica de Rosario, AP.R - Argentina)

Maria Grazia Vassallo

Responsible for Culture and Videos

Italian Psychoanalytical Society, (Società Psicoanalitica Italiana, SPI - Italia)

Kimberly Scholefield Kleinman

Responsible for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis

The Contemporary Freudian Society, CFS, USA


Ines Vidal

Buenos Aires Psychoanalytic Association

Eléana Mylona

Paris Psychoanalytic Society Société Psychanalytique de Paris

María Inés Nieto

Freudian Psychoanalytical Society of Colombia